United States presidential election, 1924

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Calvin Coolidge

Calvin Coolidge

The United States presidential election of 1924 was won by incumbent President Calvin Coolidge, the Republican candidate.

Coolidge was Vice President under Warren G. Harding and became President in 1923 when Harding died of office. Coolidge was given credit for a booming economy at home and no visible crises abroad. He was aided by a split within the Democratic Party. The regular Democratic candidate was John W. Davis, a little-known former congressman and diplomat from West Virginia. Since Davis was a conservative, many liberal Democrats bolted the party and backed the third-party campaign of Senator Robert M. La Follette, Sr. of Wisconsin, who ran as the candidate of the Progressive Party. This was the first presidential election in which all American Indians were citizens and thus allowed to vote. Coolidge's 25.2-point victory margin in the popular vote is one of the largest ever.

Tucker (2010) argues that the election marked the "high tide of American conservatism," as both major candidates campaigned for limited government, reduced taxes, and less regulation.[1]



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